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Leonie Barrie

Leonie BarrieBiography

Leonie Barrie joined just-style as managing editor 14 years ago, and during that time has been instrumental in steering the site's editorial content and direction. Under her leadership, just-style has raised its profile internationally, and today boasts a team of contributors around the world who provide a unique blend of up-to-the-minute news, research and analysis on the apparel and footwear industry and its supply chain.  

An experienced business journalist with a background in fashion and textiles, Leonie has written extensively about global sourcing and production, technology, emerging markets, brand and marketing strategies. In her capacity as managing editor she has also travelled around the world to gain first-hand experience of the industry in various countries, as well as attending and speaking at conferences and writing about the international apparel industry and the challenges and opportunities it faces.

Columns by Leonie Barrie


just-style editor Leonie Barrie shares her thoughts on some of the top stories in the news.

Articles by Leonie Barrie

JapanANALYSIS: The potential impact of TPP on the US textile industry 18 August 2014

There's no doubt the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement has the potential to be a game-changer for both the US textile and apparel industries. For the US textile sector in particular, the inclusion of Vietnam in the pact is seen as a major threat - but new research suggests there may be more to fear from Japan.

Crystal GroupSUSTAINABILITY: Crystal Group nurtures its caring culture 15 August 2014

As one of Asia's largest garment manufacturers, Hong Kong based Crystal Group believes its size and continuing growth carry additional responsibilities to "nurture our caring culture."

US: 3.1 Phillip Lim selects ERP and PLM to support growth 14 August 2014

Designer fashion, accessories and footwear brand 3.1 Phillip Lim is to implement the BlueCherry Enterprise Suite to support the domestic and international growth of their business and the development of new sales channels.

Target has been taking "a hard look" at where it needs to improveANALYSIS: Target Canada fixes include re-setting its supply chain 13 August 2014

Struggling discount retailer Target Canada is tackling its supply chain and merchandising issues as part of broader plans to try to fix its operations in the country - and analysts seem to agree the company is finally heading in the right direction.

EUROPE: Clothing retailers set out case for EU-Vietnam FTA 13 August 2014

A group of European retail clothing brands is calling for the elimination of duties on apparel, along with more flexible rules of origin, as part of the free-trade agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) and Vietnam.

US: Macy's cuts FY sales forecast amid tough headwinds 13 August 2014

Despite booking a 3.3% rise in second-quarter sales, department store retailer Macy's Inc today (13 August) lowered its full-year sales outlook, saying it was unable to make up the shortfall incurred during the first quarter when snowy weather kept shoppers away from its stores.

SRI LANKA: Textured Jersey Q1 profit hit by US slowdown 11 August 2014

A drop in demand from some of its US customers after abnormal weather in the early part of the year kept shoppers away from stores, has weighed on first-quarter profits at knitted fabric manufacturer Textured Jersey Lanka.

Productivity gains are driving ChinaANALYSIS: US apparel imports show continuing China competitiveness 8 August 2014

Half-way through the year and US apparel imports are taking shape to give a broader view of the trends so far - including average unit costs from China falling below those of Bangladesh. Not surprisingly, supply options in the first six months of 2014 point to China and Vietnam as the ongoing winners, while shipments from Bangladesh continue to drop.

UPDATE: BANGLADESH: Protesting garment workers receive payment 8 August 2014

Threats of a nationwide strike at clothing factories across Bangladesh appear to have abated after protesting garment workers accepted an offer to pay them two-months of back wages.

The North Face aims to have 60% certified down by autumn 2016 US: The North Face commits to certified down rollout 7 August 2014

Outdoor apparel and footwear specialist The North Face has committed to use 100% certified and responsibly sourced down across all product lines by autumn 2017 - with some product lines and all European styles reaching this milestone in a year's time.

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